This morning, Thursday, June 28, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Obama Administration’s healthcare law in a 5-4 decision, with Chief Justice Roberts siding with the majority. In Roberts’ opinion he states…
“…the controversial individual mandate may be upheld and is within Congress’ power under the taxing clause rather than the commerce clause.”
Chief Justice Roberts also writes that the Court is not making a judgment on the wisdom of the healthcare law as that is for the people to decide.
With the current race to interpret what this verdict means for the November election I was reminded of a great opinion piece from the PLUS Medical PL and Professional Risk Symposia where economist Marvin Zonis gave his take on what this ruling may mean. Keep in mind, this video is from March and does not have the benefit of knowing what the verdict will be, but Mr. Zonis’ opinions are very thought-provoking.
CNN (post gaffe) and many other news outlets have ongoing coverage of this landmark decision.
The US Supreme Court struck down key parts of the Arizona Immigration Law in a decision announced this morning, June 25, 2012. While Arizona may have significant frustrations with how the Federal Government is regulating immigration law, they do not have the power to undermine that Federal Law.
An Arizona statute known as S. B. 1070 was enacted in 2010 to address pressing issues related to the large number of unlawful aliens in the State. The United States sought to enjoin the law as preempted. The District Court issued a preliminary injunction preventing four of its provisions from taking effect. Section 3 makes failure to comply with federal alien-registration requirements a state misdemeanor; §5(C)makes it a misdemeanor for an unauthorized alien to seek or engage in work in the State; §6 authorizes state and local officers to arrest without a warrant a person “the officer has probable cause to believe . . . has committed any public offense that makes the person removable from the United States”; and §2(B) requires officers conducting a stop, detention, or arrest to make efforts, in some circumstances, to verify the person’s immigration status with the Federal Government. The Ninth Circuit affirmed, agreeing that the United States had established a likelihood of success on its preemption claims.
Link to Supreme Court decision
This week’s Fall Thru the Cracks Friday features economist and PLUS keynote speaker Marvin Zonis. His engaging presentation yesterday at the 2012 Medical PL and Professional Risk Symposia was a highlight for many. In this short video clip, Mr. Zonis discusses the Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling on universal healthcare, partisan gridlock at the Capitol, and other things. Enjoy!